News and Reports

Looking back on the 2008 Season


Stocking

Ten thousand brown trout were stocked in the 2008 fishing season averaging between 1-2lbs and almost seven tonnes in total weight.

From the information returned by associate member season ticket holders there was a slight drop in catches during 2008, but still a very respectable 7.5 fish per visit. For comparison the previous six years averages are as follows :- 8.5 fish per visit in 2007, 5.7 fish in 2006, 4.8 fish in 2005, 3.2 fish in 2004 and 3.0 fish in 2003 and 2.4 fish in 2002.

Catch Returns Fishing Season 2008

Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to send in their catch returns on time. This years recipient of 10yr old Glenturret whisky goes to Archie McKinnon of Stirling. Congratulations!!

Please remember when sending in your returns to include your name and address on the form, just in case you are a winner!!

Catch return numbers were about the same as last year at 6.4%, compared to 6.7% in 2007 ,3.9% in 2006, 4.9% in 2005, 8.4% in 2004, 9.3% in 2003 and 11% in 2002.

As season ticket holders you averaged just over sixteen days fishing during season 2008 saving yourselves £29. Please try to spend a few minutes after each trip and log in what you have taken and also returned.

We have changed the format of the return form which allows you to enter the number and weight of each species of fish killed and also to enter the number, species and approximate weight of fish returned, as well as what they were taken on.

This will give us more meaningful data as quite a number of anglers return all their fish, whilst others keep one or two and return the remainder and some will take their limit and return none.

The information you supply is important, so please as many returns back before 31st October 2009 and you will be entered into our prize draw.

This years information represented 145 days fishing effort where a total of 1084 fish were landed giving an average catch per visit of 7.50 fish compared to 8.5 fish in 2007, 5.7 fish for 2006, 4.8fish for 2005, 3.19 fish for 2004, 2.99 fish in 2003 and 2.4 fish for 2002.

By species, 444 brown trout, 639 rainbow trout and 1 char made up the total numbers taken.

The total weight caught was 1168 lbs giving an average of 1lb 1¼ozs.

Breaking the data down further 155 brown trout for 265lbs 10ozs (average 1b 11½ozs ), 237 rainbow trout for 337lbs 1oz (average 1lb 6¾ozs ) and 1 char for 12ozs ( average 12ozs ) were killed.

This accounted for 36% of the numbers, 64% of the catch being returned to fight another day.

289 browns for 240lbs 12ozs ( average 13½ ozs ) and 402 rainbows for 323lbs 8ozs ( average 13ozs ).

The best reported overall bag for the season was taken by David Watterson of Airdrie who had a total of 242 fish for a total weight of 270lbs 8ozs ( average weight 1lb 2ozs ). This represents just over 17 fish per visit. Of this catch of fish , ( 230 rainbow trout and 12 brown trout ) 180 rainbows and 5 brownies were returned. That represents 76% of his catch. A lot of David's fishing is in the area around the fish farm in his boat the "Heatherbell" hence the predominance of rainbow trout in his basket

Most of these fish were taken on bait but some were trolling.

Another bag worth a mention was taken by Alan Campbell of Kirkcaldy. Out flyfishing in his own boat he had a total of 161 fish (128 brown trout and 33 rainbow trout ) for a total weight of 182lbs 12ozs (average weight 1lb 2¼ozs ) on 22 outings. This represents 7.3 fish per visit.

Alan returned 89% of his bag, with 114 browns and 29 rainbows going back.

Some of Alan's taking flies included the Soldier Palmer, Kate McLaren, Bibio, Wickham's Fancy, Claret Bumble and Green Peter.

Note when fishing away from the fish farm area the catch is predominately brownies.

Heaviest rainbow reported in season 2008 was a 10lbs 8ozs specimen taken by Raymond Davis from Kincardine on the 12th August, fishing from his fathers's boat in Ardveich Bay. The fish took a ledgered worm in about thirty feet of water.

There were no reports of any exceptional char this season, although a good number of these fish (mainly 6 - 8ozs ) were taken by flyfishers on the North Shore.

Heaviest brown trout reported in season 2008 was a 16lbs cock fish taken by Adam Smith from Bridge of Weir out in his own boat at the beginning of June. The huge trout took a rapala fished on a downrigger about fifty feet down as he crossed the loch in a line between Castraan Croft on the south shore and the fish farm on the north shore. The fish was photographed and returned safely to the water.

These fish and other catches are available to view in the gallery section.

If you do catch a decent fish or a nice basket of fish or something unusual let us know and we'll put your pictures into the gallery on our website along with details of weights, numbers, how you caught your fish and where about.

Angling Clubs also had their share of success throughout the season.

19th April - St. Mungo AC ( 9 boats ) - Competition abandoned (gale force easterly winds)

3rd May - Kelvinside Academical ( 4 boats) - 16 browns / 1 rainbow for 15lbs 12ozs

6th May - Central Scotland Police ( 6 boats ) - 6 browns for 6lbs 13ozs 10th May - Laurencekirk & District Angling Association (4 boats) - 8 browns / 3 rainbows for 8lbs 14ozs

22nd May - Lochinch AC ( 4 boats ) 16 fish for 16lbs

25th May - Invergowrie AC ( 4 boats ) - 11 browns / 15 rainbows for 17lbs

21st June - St. Mungo AC ( 6 boats ) - 14 browns / 34 rainbows for 35lbs 1oz

24th June - Strathclyde Police ( 8 boats ) - 49 browns / 11 rainbows for 66lbs 8ozs ( also returned 113 fish )

16th August - Rainbow Warriors AC ( 5 boats ) - 23 browns / 5 rainbows for 28lbs 6ozs ( also returned 7 browns and 4 rainbow )

29th Sept - St. Mungo AC ( 6 boats ) - 6 fish for 6lbs 10ozs

218 fish for 201 lbs total weight - average 0.922lbs ( 14¾ozs )

Drummond Estate Boat Hire

The boat hire cabin stocks a range of fishing tackle including rods for sale/ hire, bait and daily/weekly fishing permits. There is also a hot drinks machine. Seasoned firewood logs and coal are available to buy for those colder days/evenings or when the midges are on the go!

The slipway built in 2004 has proved very popular with boat owners and provides a sheltered launching facility for both pleasure and fishing vessels.

Slipway Charges :

Day Launch for Fishing Boats / small craft + light capacity outboards - £8

Day Launch for Larger craft, ski boats + high capacity outboards -£15 **

** must have third party insurance.

Personal Watercraft not permitted. ( jet skis / jet bikes )

Season Launch ( Fishing boats / small craft + light capacity outboards ) -£100

Season Launch ( Larger craft, ski boats + high capacity outboards ) - £125

(Season 15th March to 6th October inclusive)Season Launch + Storage for the season on hard standing at Drummond Fish Farm - £175

( Season 15th March to 6th October inclusive )

Ardveich Bay Caravan Park ( Certified Location )

A new certified location caravan park was opened at Ardveich Bay in July 2007. This is available to Caravan Club members only and is restricted to a maximum of five vans. The site is for recreational and short stay use only.

Charges include the use of electrical hookups and the new toilet and shower facility.

Up to 2 persons - £12 per night

Additional Adults - £2 per night

Additional Children - £1 per night

Boats - £1 per night

Demand for pitches during season 2008 was very strong. This is likely to increase further this season as many more people decide to holiday at home.

A good number of bookings have already been taken for the 2009 season so the advice is to book as early as possible to secure a pitch.

Other news

Drummond Estates will start a replacement programme of its fleet of hire boats and engines this year. During 2009 three ex hire boats and three 4hp four stroke longshaft engines will become available for sale.

Please note these boats will not be supplied with a trailer.

If you wish to register an interest please telephone 01567 830400

Daily / Weekly Permits are available from the Village Shop, Post Office & Drummond Estate Boat Hire in Lochearnhead and Village Store, & South Loch Earn Caravan Park in St. Fillans

The restocking programme will start again at the beginning of March and the first two stockings will see about 4000 browns at about 1¼lbs put into Loch Earn.

Wishing you all an enjoyable and successful season in 2009

Yours sincerely,

Alex. Murray

For Loch Earn Fishings.

Permit Charges 2009

Permit Charges for the 2009 fishing season are as follows :

Adult daily : £ 8 Adult Weekly : £ 20

Junior daily : £ 4 Junior Weekly: £ 10 (16yrs. & under )

These tickets are widely available at shops, post offices, and caravan parks in St. Fillans and Lochearnhead.

Associate Membership Season Tickets :

Adult : £ 100, Junior : £ 35

These permits are only available from Loch Earn Fishings, Drummond Estate Office, Muthill, By Crieff, Perthshire PH5 2AA. Telephone 01764 681257. A passport sized photograph is also required.

Boat Hire Charges 2009

4hr hire - £24 (minimum charge)

6hr hire - £29

8hr hire - £34

Loch Earn Moorings

Loch Earn Moorings for the 2009 season are available at St. Fillans in the lee of Neish Island.

For season 2009 we are offering a 10% discount on mooring charges for any angler taking out an Associate Membership Season Ticket.

Mooring Charges for 2009

Boats fifteen feet and under in length : £205

Boats over fifteen feet in length : £255

Please contact the Estate Office, Muthill, Perthshire PH5 2AA - Tel 01764 681257 or Drummond Estate Boat Hire, Lochearnhead, Stirlingshire, FK19 8PZ - Tel 01567 830400 for further details.

Winter Boat Storage

A facility exists in St. Fillans for undercover Winter Boat Storage and is available from mid October to Mid April

Charges October 2009 - April 2010

Up to 14.99 feet - £136

15ft. To 19.99ft - £164

20ft + - £206